Parents rise up in ‘14, elect educational choice candidates nationwide

Teachers’ unions flunk midterms

The 2014 midterm elections will go down in history as the election cycle in which parents rose up in support of educational choice. Prominent pro-educational choice gubernatorial candidates were elected and re-elected, as well as pro-educational choice legislators in states across the country.
“There is an education revolution underway in this country, and yesterday parents rose up and embraced candidates who support educational choice,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice. “On behalf of children in need of quality educational options everywhere, I want to especially recognize Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. John Kasich, and Gov. Rick Scott on their tremendous victories and congratulate the hundreds of pro-educational choice candidates nationwide who stood for principle and belief that parents know best.”
More than any election cycle in recent years, the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions nationalized their messagegambling $80 million to bankroll the educational status quo in elections this cycle.  This figure does not include spending by state teachers’ unions, such as the Alabama Education Association, which spent $12 million this cycle.  In contrast, the American Federation for Children and its affiliated state PACs spent $4.5 million.
“Our movement is truly in a David-and-Goliath matchup in terms of spending, but what we lack in dollars, our movement makes up for in robust support from parents nationwide,” said Kevin Chavous, Executive Counsel to the American Federation for Children.
Tonight’s results demonstrate the power of parental choice and how voters rallied around candidates who support educational choice.
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